April 22, 2014
Events, Member News
Annual Picnic, CWC, hijinks, Joaquin Miller Park, litcake, Open Mic, writers picnic
Watch for your invite to the CWC Statewide picnic in July! This wonderful tradition brings writers from all over California to Joaquin Miller’s back yard for good food and good stories.
Pick something you’d like to read to the group, and start your dreaming and scheming for our celebrated LitCake contest, too… some talented decorator will take home the coveted Golden Fork Award!
When: Saturday July 19, 2014, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Where: The Fire Circle in Joaquin Miller Park, Oakland.
- Bring a dish to share
- Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Veggie Burgers and condiments provided by the CWC
- Watch for info about the Open Mic
Questions: Contact Linda Brown 510-530-1261
Add the event to your Google Calendar!
The Coveted Golden Fork Award (photo by Elaine Webster, Dual Member: Marin & Redwood Branches)
April 5, 2014
Below is the April 2014 issue of Write Angles.
Inside you’ll find information about our upcoming speakers, thank-yous to three special volunteers, meeting highlights from NorCal and the Central Board, details on many events around the Bay Area, and a question to answer: what is the best book you’ve read in the last few years?
March 14, 2014
Looking for the right critique group? Meet our members this Sunday, as Vicki Hudson, author of No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique, will lead a panel of our critique group leaders and help you figure out which one is right for you.
Click to rsvp on Meetup!
See you this Sunday, March 16th, in the basement meeting room of the Oakland main library (our regular spot at 125 14th St. – see map). Facilitators who currently host Berkeley Branch critique/support groups are: David Baker, Anne Fox, Walter Price, and Bruce Shiguera.
We’ll have refreshments and mingle at 2:00, conduct a bit of business and make a few announcements at 2:30, hear a member read at 2:45, and start the panel discussion at 3:00.
Also, a reminder that the contest deadline for the 5th Grade Story Contest has been extended to March 24. Please tell all 5th grade teachers! Members should plan to volunteer to read the wonderful stories.
See you Sunday!
March 9, 2014
Announcements, Contests, Events
5th grade teachers, Contra Costa Counties
Please share this post with ALL 5th grade teachers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties! The 5th grade story contest deadline has been extended to the end of the month. Flyer is attached.
February 28, 2014
From the President, Write Angles
March issue, Write Angles
This issue has enough reading material to last you through the month! The March issue of Write Angles has the results of the member survey, a preview of our critique group forum, a member profile, contest news, a book review, a map of CWC branches statewide, bios of Central Board officers, creative personal narratives submitted by readers, one author’s writing journey, and more.
I’m also attaching the latest member survey for those of you who didn’t get a chance to fill one out already. Please take a few minutes to give feedback and send it back to me at Berkeleyfirstname.lastname@example.org.
And I hope to see you at both of our March events—the critique group forum at our regular meeting spot in the basement of the Oakland main library at 2:00 on Sunday, March 16, and a social gathering at the Albatross in Berkeley at 5:00 on Friday, March 28.
Write Angles March 2014.pdf
February 24, 2014
Of Interest, Speakers
critique groups, CWC Berkeley, vicki hudson, writers groups, writers' club
Our speaker series will feature something new this month! Vicki Hudson, author of No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique and sponsor of the SFWC Emerging Writer Scholarship, will be moderating a panel that features leaders of four of our club’s critique groups. David Baker and Anne Fox (5-page group), Walter Price (Middle Grades/YA), and Bruce Shigeura (Sixteen Eyes group) will talk about their experiences as group leaders.
Come and learn more about what CWC has to offer!
Vicki Hudson writes short stories, longer fiction, and narrative non- fiction. Her book, No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique, is for writers looking for information on what to consider when forming or joining a writers’ group and for writers seeking tools for critiquing work in progress.
“Everyone has a story. No one else can tell your story. The process of creating, refining and ultimately releasing it into the wild that is pub- lication in the world needs to be a respectful one.”
Vicki Hudson earned an MFA from Saint Mary’s College in creative writing/nonfiction. In 2007, she was a Fellow at the inaugural Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Retreat. Her website is www.vickihudson.com.
About our Panel:
Our panelists lead critique groups for CWC’s Berkeley branch. David Baker and Anne Fox run the Five- Page Group, which meets year- round on the third Saturday of each month, 1-5 p.m., in the 2nd-floor meeting room of the Rockridge library in Oakland. This group reviews fiction, nonfiction, query letters, proposals, etc.
Walter Price hosts writers of middle- grade and young-adult fiction at his house once a month on Wednesday evenings.
Bruce Shigeura runs the Sixteen Eyes Group, whose members write novels, short stories, and narrative nonfiction. They meet every other Thursday, 7–9 p.m. in cafés or members’ homes in Oakland or Berkeley.
Click here for information about location and time.